Fishing on Fort Wainwright (FWA) lands is permitted provided anglers obtain and carry on their person a Fort Wainwright Recreation Access Permit (RAP) and all fishing licenses and permits required by the State of Alaska.

Fort Wainwright lands all fall within the Tanana River drainage.  All state laws apply; seasons and bag limits are the same as for the state. Consult the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG) Fishing Regulations for more information (Region 3: Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim and Upper Copper/Upper Susitna River Areas).



All military personnel must purchase a state fishing license for fishing activities on or off post.  No state license is required of persons under 16 years of age.  All other persons are required to have in their possession the appropriate state license and special stamp (when required).

  • Special restrictions and closures almost always apply to the Chena River and its tributaries.
  • The Chena Flood Control Project is the dividing line for the upper and lower Chena River.
  • Fishing is allowed from the River Road Bridge but only from the walkway.



Active duty military personnel permanently stationed in the state, who do not qualify as residents, may obtain a special nonresident fishing license at a reduced cost. Please see Alaska Department of Fish and Game Fishing Regualtions.



Donnelly Training Area

ADFG stocks 19 lakes on the Donnelly Training Area.  Eighteen of these are accessible by road or trail through the training areas west of the Richardson Highway.  Koole Lake, in the Northwest corner of the installation, is accessible by float plane in the summer and snowmobile in the winter. Donnelly Training Area Stocked Lake Map.

Fort Wainwright

ADFG stocks 5 lakes on Fort Wainwright.  Four of these lakes are on Fort Wainwright Main Post; Manchu Lake is located in the Yukon Training Area. The Chena River, Tanana River and Wood River, along with various creeks in the Tanana Flats Training Area provide additional fishing opportunities.

The Alaska Lake Database has the most current information and stocking records for the public to reference.

Donnelly Training Area Stocked Lakes

  • Bolio
  • Bullwinkle
  • Chet
  • Nickel
  • J
  • Artillery
  • Sheefish
  • Mark
  • Stryker
  • Doc
  • North Twin
  • South Twin
  • Rockhound
  • Weasel
  • Luke
  • Ghost
  • No Mercy
  • Koole

Fort Wainwright Stocked Lakes

  • Manchu Lake (YTA)
  • Weigh Station Pond #1
  • Weigh Station Pond #2
  • River Road Pond
  • Monterey Lake


Ice houses are permitted on Yukon Training Area, Tanana Flats Training Area, and Donnelly Training Area lakes.  Ice houses not removed from the ice at the end of a day's fishing, must be registered and permit obtained from ADFG.  State of Alaska ice houses must be removed from Fort Wainwright land by April 30th.  On Main Post, temporary ice houses are permitted but must be removed at the end of the fishing day.